Clarkslegal LLP - Solicitors in Reading and London

Commercial

Our specialist commercial lawyers provide expert guidance on contracts and agreements across all sectors, from start-ups and SMEs to multinational corporations, ensuring clients have commercial arrangements that minimise risk and maximise profitability.

We can support you in growing your business giving you pragmatic, proactive commercial advice that helps you achieve your commercial goals. Our advice spans from drafting and negotiating shareholder agreements, partnership agreements, franchise agreements, terms of business, services agreements to specialist legal advice or post contract support, we can help you through the legal hurdles.

Our team have an impressive knowledge gained with many having worked with in-house lawyers for major commercial organisations. We can also tap into the experience of our colleagues across the firm, including Information Technology, Intellectual Property, Corporate, Procurement and Dispute Resolution teams.

Our commercial law matters cover most sectors, including financial services, film & media, IT Services, including licenses and master services agreements, the automotive and manufacturing industry and sports clubs.

Commercial Contract Reviews

We specialise in advising on the Commercial Agents Regulations and can draft and negotiate commercial agency agreements and handle resulting disputes. We also offer commercial agents and businesses that retain commercial agents a fixed fee "health-check" of their agency agreement, to check their rights are adequately protected.

Distribution If you are looking at different routes to market for your goods and services, including looking to expand abroad, we can help you to choose the best approach and draft the necessary legal documents to support and implement that approach. We will help you decide the risk profile that you are comfortable with including looking at the indemnities warranties and limits of liability that might apply.

We can also assist in preparing, negotiating and reviewing contracts, analyze the risks and help you to take a practical, proactive approach to the transaction to bring it to a close.

Franchising

We can help you choose the right franchising models, both internationally and domestic. We have vast experience in acting for both large multinationals and SMEs from food and beverage to healthcare and care sectors, our team can assist with developing an existing business into a franchise business or advising an already established franchise.

Our experience in advising on the Commercial Agents Regulations means we are well placed to support you in any decisions that you make and if required, draft and negotiate commercial agency agreements for you.

Joint ventures

Commercial collaborations are an increasingly effective way of getting business done. Whether you collaborate to provide services to a joint customer, to develop your offering or to expand into territories that might otherwise be unavailable to you, we can help you balance the risks and rewards in a fair and productive way between the joint venture partners.

Shareholders’ agreements and joint ventures

Our corporate law team has an in-depth knowledge of advising on shareholders’ agreements and appreciates the sensitivities surrounding the issues contemplated by a shareholders’ agreement. Whether it is a simple agreement between a few shareholders, or a complex agreement dealing with a multitude of issues, we have the necessary expertise and experience to advise clients clearly and effectively.

The corporate team regularly advises clients on joint ventures, collaborations and partnerships and can assist in negotiating and formalising such arrangements.

Shareholder disputes can be damaging to your business. We draw on our wealth of experience and our positive attitude to assist clients in achieving a quick and satisfactory conclusion to disputes whilst always ensuring the underlying value of the business is not materially affected.

Services agreements

Many of our clients want to set out in writing the parameters of their relationship with other businesses whilst allowing those relationships to develop, for example by individual call off contracts for goods or services. A master goods/services agreement is a useful way to do this.

With our experience in these types of agreements, coupled with our in-house expertise, we can help you put in place an agreement that allows your business relationships to grow within a structured environment.

Standard Terms and Conditions

Most businesses have a set of standard terms and conditions, and whether they apply to a transaction depends upon how the contract is formed. As well as updating your terms we can advise you on the best processes to have in place to ensure that it is your terms, not those of the business you are contracting with, that apply.

For immediate advice and assistance from our commercial solicitors based in London and Reading, please call on 0118 958 5321 or email our commercial team.